EXCLUSIVE: Former Miss USA Shanna Moakler on Miss Colombia Still Calling Herself Miss Universe: That's Not Appropriate

by Alex Ungerman 12:41 PM PST, December 23, 2015
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Former Miss USA Shanna Moakler on Miss Colombia Still Calling Herself Miss Universe: That's Not Appropriate

Shanna Moakler does not think Ariadna Gutierrez should be calling herself Miss Universe.

The former Miss USA spoke exclusively to ET about Miss Colombia's recent posts on social media, where she continued to refer to herself as Miss Universe. While Moakler says, "I don't think that's really appropriate," she nevertheless feels bad for Gutierrez's predicament.

"I can’t even begin to imagine the array of emotions she has, but there is only one winner in pageants," Moakler insists. "I was first runner-up, and there is something to be said about losing gracefully."

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Still, the 40-year-old model admits, "She did have a disheartening experience."

As for host Steve Harvey's crowning error, Moakler says that while "it has happened in pageantry on the state level," it is "shocking" to see it occur on the Miss Universe stage.

She adds that while "human error happens, it is sad that one girl is on an emotional rollercoaster, and the other was sort of robbed of her crowning moment."

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The fact that the final two countries in play were Colombia and the Philippines, Moakler says, only exacerbated the fallout from the mistake.

"Colombia, Philippines, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Mexico, these are all powerhouse countries in pageants, and have very aggressive fans, this is like soccer to many in these countries," she tells ET.

As for Donald Trump's idea for a shared crown, Moakler disagrees, noting that would be unfair to Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach.

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"There should not be co-winners," she says. "There was a tabulation by a proper firm, and judges ballots cast, and even though the host messed up, that is not the winner's fault."

A source close to production told ET that 58-year-old Harvey will likely be returning to Miss Universe on a multi-year deal. Regardless of the mix-up, Moakler doesn't think that's the best idea.

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"He just isn’t what I look for, or what the majority of pageant fans look for in a pageant host," she argues. "He is great with ad-libs, and is a fantastic comedian, but...I'd like to see someone who has some understanding of the world of pageantry and what is at stake."

"It’s not just about beautiful women in bikinis," she stresses. "These women have worked for years, and truly make a difference in their chosen platforms. I'd like to see someone who understands and honors that."

Watch the video below for Miss Colombia's emotional letter reflecting on her Miss Universe experience.